ESPN announced former NBA head coach and current ESPN analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay has passed away in Naples, Florida at the age of 89. He had been battling cancer for the over a decade.
Ramsay was a local guy. He was a graduate of Upper Darby High School and Saint Joseph's University (at the time called 'Saint Joseph's College'). Ramsay served in the Navy following graduation from St. Joe's then returned to coach St. Joe's with great success. He coached the Hawks from 1955-66 leading the team to seven Big 5 titles and 10 postseason appearances, including the school's only Final Four appearance in 1961.
"Dr. Jack," as he was fondly known, went on to take over as general manager of the Sixers and won a title in his first season. He would move from Sixers general manager to head coach and served as Sixers head coach from 1968-1972.
Ramsay left the Sixers following 1972 to take over the Buffalo Braves from 1972-1976. He made his mark on the NBA during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers as he led the franchise to their only NBA title in 1977 in Ramsay's first season in Portland. After his time in Portland, he took over as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers leaving in 1988.
When Ramsay left Indiana, he trailed only Red Auerbach for the most wins all-time in the NBA as a head coach. Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
He was a basketball legend and, on top of that, he was a Philadelphia legend.
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